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President Ilves to depart on a working visit to Ukraine


The President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, will today fly to Kiev to meet with the Head of State of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, the Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin. The meetings will focus on the situation in Ukraine and the reconstruction of the country, support from Europe, the aggressive activities of Russia and the response of democratic countries, as well as on political and economic relations between Estonia and Ukraine.

On Friday, together with the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, the Ukrainian and Estonian heads of state will open the 11th Yalta European Strategy conference "YES", which this time will be held in Kiev due to the annexation of Crimea.

President Ilves will also participate in a digital communication discussion at the conference. He has planned to meet with the Mayor of Kiev, Vitali Klitschko, and to place flowers on Maidan Nezaležnosti, or Independence Square, where demonstrators who demanded democratic changes were killed at the beginning of the year.

In two days, more than 350 politicians and social, business and media figures from more than 20 countries will discuss "New Ukraine, New Europe, the New World: Construction and Protection" issues.

The conference will search for answers to the internal and external challenges of Ukraine, discuss the possible threats that the events in Ukraine will pose for Europe and the world in general and how the allies of Ukraine could support the development of the country most effectively.

President Ilves will return to Estonia on 13 September.

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